CCSP Related Arts
Visual and Performing Arts
At CCSP, we value the importance of the arts and culture in our scholars' education. We are committed to the development of our students’ creative expression through art, music, dance and theatre, as well as, appreciation of cultural expression and influence through visual and performing arts. Our Art and Music Curriculum embodies the core tenets of the New Jersey Student learning standards for visual and performing arts:
World language education provides students with communication skills and cultural awareness which are needed to live and work in a culturally diverse society. At CCSP, our World Language program focus is master of the Spanish by promoting student master of the following practices:
Communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes.
Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied. Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.
Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own. Learners use the language to investigate, explain, and reflect on the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.
Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence.
Learners use the language both within and beyond the classroom to interact and collaborate in their community and the globalized world. Learners set goals and reflect on their progress in using languages for enjoyment, enrichment, and advancement.
Physical Education & Health
Through our health and physical education courses students in grades K-8 acquire the knowledge and skills essential to a life of wellness. Our focus is on developing physical, mental, and emotional habits that allow students to live healthy productive lives by ensuring each student:
- Maintains mental health awareness and relies on social/emotional support systems;
- Engages in a physically active lifestyle;
- Maintains awareness of health and wellness and how to access resources;
- Recognizes the influence of media, peers, technology, and cultural norms in making informed health-related decisions as a consumer of health products and wellness services;
- Practices effective cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution skills;
- Builds and maintains healthy relationships;
- Accepts and respects individual and cultural differences;
- Advocates for personal, family, community, and global wellness and is aware of local, national and global public health and climate change issues.
In this course, middle school students will collaboratively identify school and community-based needs through information gathering such as staff, student, and community surveys, and develop an action project that utilizes technology and media to share information, as well as, bring people together. Examples of projects within this course include a weekly school news and informational podcasts.
Instruction based on new developed New Jersey Key Life Literacy Standards provides our students with the necessary skills to engage as responsible community members in a digital society, to successfully face the challenges and an interconnected global world, and participate in advocacy and information sharing.
Standard 9.4 Life Literacies and Key Skills. This standard outline key literacies and technical skills such as critical thinking, global and cultural awareness, and technology literacy* that are critical for students to develop to live and work in an interconnected global economy.
Global and Cultural Awareness
- Awareness of and appreciation for cultural differences is critical to avoid barriers to productive and positive interaction.
Creativity and Innovation
- Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Multiple solutions exist to solve a problem.
- An essential aspect of problem solving is being able to self reflect on why possible solutions for solving problems were or were not successful.
- Detailed examples exist to illustrate crediting others when incorporating their digital artifacts in one’s own work.
- There are tradeoffs between allowing information to be public and keeping information private and secure.
- Digital footprints are publicly accessible, even if only shared with a select group. Appropriate measures such as proper interactions can protect online reputations.
- Digital communities are used by Individuals to share information, organize, and engage around issues and topics of interest.
- Digital technology and data can be leveraged by communities to address effects of climate change.
Information and Media Literacy
- Increases in the quantity of information available through electronic means have heightened the need to check sources for possible distortion, exaggeration, or misrepresentation.
- Digital tools make it possible to analyze and interpret data, including text, images, and sound. These tools allow for broad concepts and data to be more effectively communicated.
- The mode of information can convey a message to consumers or an audience.
- Sources of information are evaluated for accuracy and relevance when considering the use of information.
- There are ethical and unethical uses of information and media.